ERIC Number: ED421663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Coping with Family Concerns in Adolescence: Does Family Status or Gender Make a Difference?
Frydenberg, Erica; Lewis, Ramon
Coping strategies utilized by adolescents in intact and separated families were studied. Students 11-14 years old in Year 7 (N=239) completed both the general and specific forms of the Adolescent Coping Scale (ACS), an instrument developed in Australia for determining what strategies young people use to manage their concerns. Students completed both forms of the questionnaire, and the ACS twice. The first time they responded regarding their concerns in general and the second time they indicated how they coped with separation of their parents or family issues in their intact families. With regard to adolescents' general coping responses, results indicate that family status per se is not an important factor; but when it comes to the specific concern with family issues, the nature of the concern needs to be taken into account. Children whose parents have separated modified their general coping patterns to deal with the separation of their parents. Gender differences in coping patterns are also reported. Consequently, those working with young people in an attempt to facilitate their coping may need to take account of both the nature of the concern and the gender of the client, rather than just the status of the family. (Author/EMK)
Descriptors: Coping, Counseling, Early Adolescents, Family Life, Family Status, Family Structure, Foreign Countries, Junior High Schools, Parent Child Relationship, Sex Differences
Erica Frydenberg, Dept. of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Univ. of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 3052.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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